Banned India Today, Monday, there are 59 mobile applications, most of them Chinese, led by the famous application (TikTok) from the company (Bytedance), and (WeChat) from (Tencent), in the most powerful step targeting China In the digital space since the outbreak of the border crisis between the two countries earlier this month.
The Indian Ministry of Technology issued an order stating that the applications “harm India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, state security and public order.” After issuing the order, Apple and Google will have to remove the apps from the Google Play and App Store.
The move comes after a border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in a disputed area in the Himalayas earlier this month, killing 20 Indian soldiers.
The ban is expected to be a major hurdle in India for Chinese companies such as ByteDance, which have placed big bets in one of the world’s largest web services markets. Beijing-based ByteDance plans to invest $ 1 billion in India, open a local data center, and has recently boosted employment in the country.
The company, Sensor Tower, which specializes in application analytics, said last April: India is the largest engine for TikTok installations, accounting for 611 million permanent downloads, or 30.3% of the total app downloads.
Among the other banned apps are the WeChat app, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times on the Android system from Google, the UC Browser from Alibaba, and two Xiaomi apps.
“This is the fastest and strongest step that the government could have taken to put economic pressure on Chinese companies,” said Santosh Bay, a partner in the Indian law firm Link Legal, which advises many Chinese firms.
It is noteworthy that anti-China sentiments have long simmered in India due to accusations of cheap imports that invaded the country, but the border clash brought tensions to the fore with the escalation of calls for a boycott of Chinese products.
The agency reported Reuters Earlier, the Indian customs at the ports last week suspended the containers coming from China, including: Apple, Cisco and Dell products.